The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra finally saw the light of day at the beginning of 2021. This makes it one of the most modern smartphones that you can currently get on the market. You can expect some improvements compared to its predecessors in terms of features. However, you will have to dig deep into your pocket for the retail price, which starts at 950 Euros.
Especially the quality of the pictures has received a huge upgrade. Besides the numerous advantages, there are also one or two drawbacks that diminish the joy of this new model from the South Korean tech company a bit. In this article, you'll find out everything you should know about this smartphone before you buy it.
When it comes to color selection, you don't have a lot of options as a potential new owner of the S21 Ultra, unfortunately. In total, you can only choose from six colors - white, gray, silver, black, purple and pink.
However, you do not have to worry about ugly fingerprints on your smartphone anymore. The Galaxy S21 Ultra is completely matte, so small sweat marks from fingers are not as noticeable as on older models.
But the coherent design of the new Samsung model is also impressive. You hardly have the impression that anything was built in just for the sake of function. Okay, of course it has been, but it does not stand out visually and has been perfectly adapted. You can especially see this in the camera on the back. Its surface merges seamlessly with the rest of the smartphone.
In addition, the display of the S21 Ultra is noticeably larger than those of the other S21 models. However, this means that it also weighs a bit more than the others with a weight of approximately 230 grams.
With high-quality smartphones, you can rightly expect a display of the best quality. And that is exactly where Samsung does not disappoint in any way. On the contrary, the South Koreans use one of the best panels you can currently find. 6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED, WQHD+ resolution, a refresh rate of 11-120 Hz and HDR 10+ support are just a few of the points that will make any tech heart skip a beat.
With such an impressive screen, the small fingerprint scanner is hardly noticed, although it is even bigger than in all predecessors. With its help, you can unlock your smartphone quickly and easily.
The RAM of Samsung's new flagship has 12 or 16 GB of storage, depending on how much internal storage you want. This is available in 128, 256 and 512 GB tiers. The 128 GB model is obviously much cheaper than the one with half a terabyte of internal storage.
However, you should carefully consider whether you really want to buy the cheapest model beforehand. Unfortunately, Samsung has also downgraded the storage; you cannot expand the storage with an external microSD card. A shortcoming that you will quickly notice with 128 GB. Especially since such storage capacities are quickly full anyway in today's file sizes.
As far as the battery's performance is concerned, Samsung has kept the standard of the predecessor S20 series. Here, too, you can expect 5,000 mAh, which is perfectly sufficient for at least one full day of normal use. However, you should deactivate the always-on display mode, which unfortunately consumes a lot of power.
However, there is no charger in the package, so Samsung fully relies on wireless charging of smartphones. If you still prefer to charge your smartphone normally, you have to buy an additional charging plug. However, this is also the biggest drawback of Samsung's new smartphone - it only supports power adapters with 25 watts. The direct predecessor could even be charged with 45-watt power supplies. The competition even advertises that they support up to 50 watts.
Samsung does not let itself down in terms of camera performance in its latest model. As in the direct predecessor, the camera has a main sensor with 108 MP. In addition, there is a sensor area of 1/1.33 inch. Especially the autofocus benefits from this.
You will definitely quickly notice how strong the sensor is. Even when you shoot against the sun, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra manages to show natural colors. However, the edges look a bit frayed when you take close-ups. This is also because the ultra-wide-angle sensor is automatically used then. However, the advantage of this is that the details come out even better.
In addition to the main sensor, the new Galaxy S21 Ultra has three more sensors. Besides the aforementioned ultra-wide-angle sensor, the periscope sensor is particularly impressive. Especially the tenfold optical zoom is an outstanding performance for smartphones. If you add the digital zoom, you can reach a magnification of up to one hundred times.
The camera can also convince at night. There is also a special night mode, but the pictures already look outstanding in the normal mode. Samsung has also managed to eliminate the typical yellow cast of night pictures, which was common in many predecessor models. However, there is still room for improvement in the sharpness of the pictures.
If you also want to shoot some videos with the new Samsung S21 Ultra, you can even do so in 8K. However, in our opinion, the 4K mode is better since you still get up to 60 FPS here. In addition, the smartphone has a stabilizer so that your videos do not look so blurry.
With the Galaxy S21 Ultra, Samsung has once again impressively proven that the South Korean tech company still belongs to the spearhead on the market. In terms of performance, it belongs in the first league, and the camera is also impressive. Overall, this model is one of the best smartphones that you can currently buy in stores.
However, Samsung's latest model also has its downsides. Especially the charging time, because the smartphone only supports 25 watts. Thus, it takes about twice as long as almost the entire competition to fully charge. You also do not have the option to increase the storage via a micro-SD memory card. Especially when you consider how large files are nowadays, you will quickly notice this especially in the 128 GB version.